Director of the Visiting Fellows Programme
Anna Korhonen
Head of International Affairs
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Eeva Korteniemi
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Visiting Fellows Programme

The Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows Programme provides an opportunity for highly qualified scholars in Russian and Eastern European studies to visit the Aleksanteri Institute and the University of Helsinki for a period of one to three months. These visits are supported with a monthly grant, which in the academic years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 is 3000 €. Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research and interact with other researchers at the Aleksanteri Institute and with the wider academic community at the University of Helsinki and across Finland. Each Visiting Fellow has two academic hosts who are working on a related theme and who help them to settle in and establish contacts with the research community in Finland.

While the Aleksanteri Institute is an independent institute of the University of Helsinki, it also has a national function, acting as the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies. Therefore, Visiting Fellows may also accept invitations for short visits to Finnish universities other than the University of Helsinki. The Aleksanteri Institute also coordinates the Finnish Centre of Excellence “Choices of Russian Modernisation”, funded by the Academy of Finland for the period 2012-2017. The CoE is run together with the University of Tampere.  

Starting from the academic year 2008-2009, the Visiting Fellows Programme has hosted over 100 Visiting Fellows working on various fields and themes within the social sciences and humanities, and representing 28 countries from Europe through North America to China. Read more about the Visiting Fellows Alumni.

Visiting Fellows 2017-2018

The call for proposals for the academic year 2017-2018 was open from 9 January until 10 February 2017. We sincerely thank all the applicants for their interest. We received 130 applications and are thus not able to support but a small share of all those excellent proposals we would have wanted to support. The selection among all the many outstanding applications was made seeking a balance between the various research foci, disciplinary orientations and regions of the Visiting Fellows’ projects and those covered by the Institute.

The call for visiting fellowships for 2018-2019 will open in January 2018. We hope that many of those who were not invited this year may consider submitting a proposal for this call.

Visiting Fellows 2017-2018:
Una Bergmane, Cornell University, USA
Eleanor Bindman, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Sergiu Buscaneanu, Social Science Works, Germany
Rossen Djagalov, New York University, USA
Olga Gurova, Aalborg University, Denmark
Yuriy Matsiyevsky, National University of Ostroh Academy, Ukraine
Marcello Musto, York University, Canada
Ben Noble, University of Oxford, UK
Libora Oates-Indruchova, University of Graz, Austria
Judith Pallot, Christ Church College and University of Oxford, UK
Andrea Prontera, University of Macerata, Italy
Maria Smirnova, University of Manchester, UK
Vlad Strukov, University of Leeds, UK
Ivan Tchalakov, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Anna Temkina, European University at St.Petersburg, Russia
Ulrike Ziemer, University of Winchester, UK

Visiting Fellows Christine Engel, Roman Krakovsky, Yuliya Zabyelina, Luca Anceschi, Aziz Burkhanov, Sergey Glebov and Nodirbek Salaev, spring 2015. (Photo: Niina Into)